Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Anal Piercing But Were Afraid To Ask [The Publisher’s Ring]



Everything You Ever Wanted
To Know About Anal Piercing
But Were Afraid To Ask


“Some people never go crazy; what truly horrible lives they must live.”

- Charles Bukowski


Anal piercing is a bit like tongue splitting — we all thought it was impossible (or at least a very bad idea), but then one person showed one off, and all of a sudden everyone’s doing them [ok, I’m exaggerating a litte — so CNN, don’t come knocking asking about the latest trend unless you want me to go Jayson Blair on you]. But still, unlike tongue splitting, people don’t tend to show off their anal ring to anyone who’ll look, much less talk about it at length. BME finally had a chance to sit down — carefully — with a half dozen people who could talk first hand about their experiences with anal piercing.


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Anterior anal piercing

Fresh and bloody
double anal piercing

Posterior anal piercing

First we’ll talk to Travis, a thirty year old white-collar business owner. He’s rather mainstream looking when you first see him, but he does have a few genital piercings, and rather by accident, found himself with an anal piercing as well. After a gland became infected, Travis developed an anal fistula, an infected tract inside the body with one end exiting inside the anal canal, and the other externally, near the anus. Fistulas of this type can be treated in a number of ways. They can be cut out (by inserting a rod into the fistula and literally excising along its length), they can be glued shut internally, hoping they’ll drain out and heal, or they can be tricked into “rejecting,” which is what happened in Travis’s case.




Travis’s elastic
anal piercing
   BME:
So how was your piercing actually performed?
Travis:
The “piercing” was done under general anesthetic. The doctor inserted a device to open the rectum, where he was able to find the “fistula” or “tract” opening where the infection was spreading. He inserted a rod into the tract as far as he could go, and then he used a needle to pierce the butt cheek to connect to the tract were the receiving rod was inserted. There were two bands inserted that were effectively like a 0ga piercing, which looked like a rubber band but thicker and much less stretchy. The band went in the anus, thru the sphincter muscle, and eventually exited 5/8″ away from the anus on my left butt cheek. The second band was a backup incase the first broke — which was a good thing since one did break. In piercing terms, it was a Prince Albert for the ass — or like a navel piercing where the belly button would be the anus.
BME:
What was the healing like?
Travis:
It was the most painful thing I ever experienced. At each doctor’s visit, once a week, the doctor would use a clamp tool that normally is used to pinch off veins in surgery to tighten the band. He would pull on both ends of the band and squeeze the clamp tight on the skin. He would not let me leave the office for twenty minutes after the tightening, as the pain was so intense I would go into shock and sweats. Note that while my procedure was done intentionally to migrate the piercing, the doctor did indicate that the bands would have migrated themselves and did not tighten them the first month after surgery because he thought they would migrate without tightening. Needless to say, this area is much more tender than even my penis — my ampallang was child’s play compared to this! To look at a little rubber band causing so much pain shows the power of the sensory nerves in the area!

Wiping my butt after movements was painful — and dirty stuff would get into the wound and the bands would get pulled on by the toilet paper. I tried to take showers after every movement, which meant planning my day accordingly. I would also use wet paper towels to clean the area when showers were not an option. But for the first month, using toilet paper was out of the question, so I would have to drive home to go to the bathroom — not a fun experience when you “gotta go!”

I took twenty minute super-hot baths once a day to soak the wound.

The first three days after the procedure I laid on my stomach moaning in pain. The doctor originally prescribed common prescription pain killers, but moved into heavy narcotics after I called the second day and said I was not able to take the pain… He said it is not uncommon for patients to admit themselves to the hospital two days later to get IV pain killers.

I think this initial extreme pain was because the band was tied tight under general anesthetic, whereas he could never get it that tight when I was awake — otherwise I surely would have punched him! I recommended to him that next time he keep the bands rather loose after surgery and wait a week until they are tightened so the new “piercing” has a while to calm down.

Note that the band was not excessively tight, just that any pulling, especially constant pulling, kept it so sensitive that the pain never went away. Even six months later, even when the bands were loose like a more traditional piercing, the pain was unbearable at times. Granted, the area was never able to heal — it was intentionally migrating though.

BME:
After it got to the point where you had adjusted to the pain, how did it feel?
Travis:
I could forget at times it was there — but going to the bathroom was not any fun. Sexually it did nothing for me. In fact, it made the area painful to the touch in a bad way. I enjoy anal sexual play, so I did try to make it a “positive” experience, but it got in the way of activities with my partner. When I was in high school, ten years ago, I enjoyed play piercing to see how far my pain tolerance could go. I enjoyed my ampallang piercing a lot and found the pain to be spiritual and soothing — but the anal procedure had nothing good.
BME:
So what ended up happening?
Travis:
I had it for six months. It finally fell out on its own, leaving a nice scar that took a while to heal.
BME:
What advice would you have for people who want an anal piercing?
Travis:
Don’t do it. The area is really dirty, and the risk of infection is quite high. If the area does get infected, you likely will have a fistula, like I had. That will require the “jewelry band” to be inserted and tightened until it migrates out. I have been told that once a hole is formed in the anal canal, it will not close up as the gunk in the hole will keep it infected. It is not like your ear or penis where it will heal easily.

Also, remember your sphincter is quite shallow. While you might not be too worried about it now, when you are sixty you probably want the healthiest sphincter you can have or else you will be wearing diapers before you get your AARP card.


Well, that doesn’t sound very pleasant at all, but of course Travis didn’t really have a say in the matter. However, I’ve put Travis’s story first here because I want people not to forget that if they take a wrong step with anal piercing that they could also be facing six months of anal hell.

Next we talked to Ian, a 54 year old brewer from the UK, who’d met a friend with an anal piercing. He loved the erotic look of it, and wanted to know what it felt like himself. Unfortunately the tattoo artist, also known for his advanced piercing work, who’d pierced his friend had recently passed away. After some searching, he found a male nurse who was performing piercings. After thinking about it for a while, the nurse told Ian he’d be willing to do it.




Speculum in place


Canula needle through


Anal ring closeup


A second ring added

   Ian:
A speculum was inserted into my arsehole, and expanded. This then allowed the sphincter to be opened so that the needle could be inserted for the piercing. As I was used to relaxing my sphincter muscle, the process of expanding the speculum was a not unpleasant experience, and I experienced no problems. The placement needed to be discussed, and we decided that it would go through the outer sphincter, as this would help to prevent “leakage” once the ring was inserted. I decided that I wanted it in the area by the base of my spine. There was no specific reason why I wanted it there, as it can be placed in either location.

The actual piercing was no different from having a piercing anywhere else. Once the needle had been pushed through, which only took a second — although it was quite tough going through — and we were satisfied with the positioning, the needle canula was left for the ring to follow. This was a 2.5mm ring 13mm in diameter (10ga 1/2″).

BME:
How did the piercing heal?
Ian:
I had no problems with the healing of the piercing. It took, perhaps, a little longer than some other piercings, but was no problem at all. It was possibly the easiest of my piercings to heal. I showered every day, and obviously washed the area carefully. There was a slightly different technique needed after I had sat on the toilet, but this was soon mastered. I did, in the early stages of healing, use a saline solution to wash my anus after using the toilet. It is also very important to avoid constipation, as this can put excessive strain on the piercing and cause bleeding. I experienced very little bleeding indeed, and this never became a problem.
 
After about six or seven weeks had passed I returned to my piercer to have the piercing stretched up to 3.2mm (8ga), but the same diameter as the smaller ring, as this looks a much better size, and has generally a more substantial feel to it. It was quite a struggle to do this as the space is somewhat limited in room. This is the size that I have continued to wear, and seems about the optimum size.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to care for the piercing in the early stages, and I experienced no problems whatsoever.

BME:
How do you like having the piercing?
Ian:
I am extremely happy with the piercing, and find that on a day to day basis, I hardly notice it. As far as sexual feeling is concerned, I find it increases the awareness of my anus, and if penetrative sex is practiced I am very conscious of the movement of my partners penis as he thrusts and then withdraws. Both he and I have found it enhances that side of sex. If a PA is worn, I cannot say whether this would be comfortable or not, as I have never experienced that. However, I feel that to fully benefit from this piercing, you have to have an anus that when stimulated causes an arousal sexually.
BME:
I assume that means you’re keeping the piercing?
Ian:
I have no wish to remove it. I also worry that to remove it might cause problems with feces getting into the open piercing… I have had it now for over ten years, and it is well healed. From a sexual point of view it is still erotic and stimulating.
BME:
Any advice to those interested in anal piercing?
Ian:
The piercing has to be placed very carefully, or there might be permanent damage to the sphinctal muscle. The piercing can migrate, and possibly it could cause incontinence if it worked its way fully out. There is also the chance that there could be a constant weepage of fluids from the anal passage. I found a bit of this in the early days, and had to wear an absorbent pad for a while. Eventually I found that it ceased to leak, and now I have no problems. I suppose it took about nine months for it to finally heal and stop leaking.

It is a fantastic piercing, and if you want one, then think carefully about the implications, get a piercer who you can trust, and have patience. It is not the piercing for everyone. For the person who gets pleasure from anal stimulation though, it can be terrific.


We had a chance to talk to another Briton as well, Don, a fifty year old engineer from Manchester. Don started piercing himself twenty years ago after seeing a nipple ring in a porn. He then moved on to a PA, which rejected, and he then pierced it again and it held. He started to enjoy play piercing, and, placing ladders down the shaft and across the scrotum soon lead him to his anus… and as he puts it, “the next thing was inevitable!




Don’s “almost” anal ring


Don’s piercing technique


Anal piercing procedure


Ring in place

   BME:
What procedure did you use to do the piercing?
Don:
I’ve done all my piercings using a 16ga hypo, sometimes leaving it in overnight, then following through with a ring. The ring doesn’t align very well with the needle so often I have one entrance hole and two exit holes!

I intended to place the last ring horizontally through the little bit of flesh near the anus — I don’t know what else it’s for! I didn’t even look at what I was doing, as mirrors can be confusing if you’re not used to them. I was pleased with the placement, though you deemed it an “almost anal piercing” when you posted it in the BME galleries.

I decided to re-do the piecing, this time vertically and deeper, starting behind the bud, working toward the anus. The process was sexually pleasurable, and with remarkably little pain. In both cases healing was very quick and clean (one week) and by far my easiest piercing.

BME:
One week? Wow — what did you do to take care of it?
Don:
No aftercare was necessary — I’m a bit reckless, but I always shower after the toilet.

This area is very soft, and it is easy to stretch to a larger gauge… I went from 16ga to 5mm (4ga) in six weeks, although I generally wear a 3mm x 20mm ring (8ga 3/4″) which is relatively heavy. Normal movements cause the ring to swing, giving a constant reminder of its presence.

BME:
How long have you had this piercing?
Don:
My wife of many years divorced me because of my piercings. Recently a girlfriend said she didn’t like my ladder. I removed them, but they’re back now! I’ve had the anal ring for about a year now.

It’s not the sort of thing to show your mates, but it gives more sensation than any other piercing!

BME:
Any advice for people who want one?
Don:
Forget toilet tissue — wash!

We also talked to our old friend Nena in Germany, a thirty five year old transgender entrepreneur. About three years ago Nena saw a picture of a woman with an anal piercing (done by “Dr. Evil” in Moscow), and had to have one for herself.




Anal rings by Dr. Evil


Nena’s anal piercing

   Nena:
As a Sista, I mean a full styled transgender, I try to do my best to look female. Women have their pussies pierced, and so I thought I would look sexier if I had such jewelry in my ass-pussy as well. After I saw Dr. Evil’s work on BME, I said to myself, now’s the time for it!

I’ve always done all my piercings on my own, since when I started doing it in 1987 there wasn’t a professional piercer around here. But I was fascinated by the pictures of pierced women and it was something I love, so I started. This anal piercing was very unusual and there wasn’t much information about it on the Web, only some pictures. I tried to find the right placement for the piercing — I knew I shouldn’t pierce through the muscle, so my first step was to learn how to get the needle into the right place… Let’s just say it look some needle play! [laughs]

You know, if you do an anal piercing on your own, you really need a mirror to get a good view of it — if you’d seen me doing it you would have laughed for hours. The piercing itself didn’t hurt that much. I used a very small needle and then had to widen the hole — I didn’t have any special tools for doing it, so let’s just say I did it “primitive style!”

I only made one little mistake, and that was using a very small gauge captive bead ring. So when I was penetrated there, the piercing cut like a knife through my skin. I gauged up to a bigger ring and it was fine.

BME:
Did you have any other problems with it?
Nena:
The piercing itself healed very well and without any problems. My only aftercare was that after going to the toilet I showered my anus to keep the piercing clean… that’s the best way to keep it clean and I still do it all the time now. Toilet paper isn’t enough, you know…

BME:
How long did it take to heal and how long have you had it?
Nena:
I don’t remember exactly but I think it was healed in about four weeks. Sometimes I take the piercing out, but mostly it’s a part of me. I have had it for a long time now… I think about three years.
BME:
What’s it like having the piercing, just day to day?

Nena:
It’s such a good and sexy feeling to know that it’s there. I don’t see the piercing much unless I look at my ass in the mirror — but I know it’s there and that’s way cool! I don’t feel it much though when I have sex. I think for the people I play with it’s something very exotic… my T-girl Jennifer is a chick like me and loves it — hi hi!

As I said earlier, the only problem with having the piercing is all the cleaning… but, everything has its price and I’m more than willing to pay it in this special case.

BME:
Any advice for people who want one?
Nena:
This isn’t something like a navel piercing! You have to be aware that cleaning this special place won’t be easy going like on other piercings. After every shitting you have to shower your anus until you don’t smell like shit any more — ok? Also, small gauge rings will reject, so be sure you use a bigger gauge ring for a good result… I think captive bead rings are best for it.

And try and go to an experienced piercer!


Next, we talked to Mike, a 58 year old retired doctor from the Midlands (are you beginning to think this is a very British piercing yet?). For almost fifty years he’s enjoyed anal sensations, and was always looking for something that could provide an “ongoing anal awareness”. After seeing his first anal piercing on BME, it became a “must have”.




Mike is no stranger to
serious body modification


Mike’s full-depth anal ring
by (now retired)
Patrick Bartholomew

   BME:
I know you’ve done a most of your own body modification work — did you do this piercing yourself?
Mike:
I did think of doing the piercing myself, having already done my PA, ampallang, and a scalpelled apadravya (following Todd Bertrang’s photo series of doing them at 2ga). I soon abandoned the idea — for a start, I would not be able to see what I was doing! Looking around, I decided to phone Patrick Bartholomew and later went to him. I wanted a good deep placement to minimize the risk of cutting out, and to have it on the perineal edge. Patrick was very pleasant and matter of fact about it. My only problem was bending enough for good access — I am rather plump! He did it with a canula needle and placed a 2.4mm 19mm titanium ring (10ga 3/4″). I would rate the pain only as discomfort — a lot less than my ampallang. The pain didn’t last long and I had no problem sitting on the train home.

BME:
Was the healing that easy as well?
Mike:
It was no problem — just washing it and occasional tea tree oil in warm water. I think it took about a month to heal. The only downside was toilet paper. If I did it again I would stick with using a bidet.
BME:
How does it feel sexually if you don’t mind me asking?

Mike:
I’ve been a widower now for four years and am not in a relationship, so I can’t give you an answer on that. I reckon it would be good both for myself and partner. I have only used butt plugs with good feelings. In daily life it was no problem — in fact, easily forgotten. It didn’t give the “ongoing” sensations I was looking for though.
BME:
How long did you end up keeping it?

Mike:
I had it for about six months. If it had given me the feelings I wanted I would have been perfectly happy to put up with the toilet paper nuisance, but it didn’t so I removed it. There was no infection, and on removal it healed very quickly indeed, with no specific care. If I do it again I’m taking Don’s advice and using a larger gauge.
BME:
Any advice to people looking for the piercing themselves?
Mike:
I would say to anyone at all interested to have no hesitation in going for it! The only real problem I had was in finding and deciding on a piercer willing to do more than ampallangs and so on… not really knowing where to look I found BME a great help. Long may you appear!

Finally, we talked to our old friend Nobu (you’ve seen his “Holst90” bonus gallery in BME/HARD). Nobu, a youthful 51 year old chemical engineer in Japan first came across the idea looking at anal play piercing photos on BME, and although he has not yet been able to permanently keep an anal ring, he’s greatly enjoyed it for the short period he has had it.




Nobu piercing his anus.


Nobu’s anal ring.


Nobu shows his anal ring
who’s boss.

   Nobu:
I have a large interest in anal stimulation and anal stretching, and I wanted to get an anal piercing after I saw the pictures on BME. At first I thought it would be very hard for me to maintain an anal piercing, and didn’t do it… But, one day, I felt an overwhelming desire to finally have a piercing on my anus.
BME:
You did it yourself I assume?
Nobu:
Yes. I pierced from inside my anus to the front side using a curved 14ga needle that I bent to shape. It wasn’t hard to do the piercing, but it was very hard to insert the 14ga ring and I gave up. I tried again, this time using a 12ga needle — this time it wasn’t hard to follow through the 14ga captive bead ring, but setting the bead in place was very difficult. It took many tries to set it!

BME:
What was the healing like?
Nobu:
I took care of it like any other piercing, but… I really like anal stretching! Anal stretching and heavy anal stimulation isn’t so good for a healing anal piercing, so I admit that I took the piercing out after only three days.
BME:
While you had it, how did it feel?
Nobu:
Anal piercing gave me a lot of fun sexually when I was playing anally, and in day to day life… but it gave me pain too!
BME:
If you liked it so much, why remove it?
Nobu:
I got a lot of satisfaction from it, that’s true, but I gave up on maintaining it after three days because the pain and inconvenience was too much. But, I’d like to get more anal piercings in the future… I just have to take a break from my anal stretching play!

BME:
Any advice for others?
Nobu:
If you want to get an anal piercing, go for it! It will give you much pleasure, and much pain.


I strongly feel that it is important that we document these activities, both because recording our culture is always important, and because too many of us are flying blind. Sure, we’ve moved past the days of the late seventies where everything but the “twelve officially approved piercing locations” were shrouded in mystery, but still a lot of what we do goes unrecorded. Thank you very much to everyone who talked to me about this very private piercing.


Shannon Larratt
BMEzine.com

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About Shannon Larratt

Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

5 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Anal Piercing But Were Afraid To Ask [The Publisher’s Ring]

  1. Thanks for the info and personal experiences. After much thought, I’ll go ahead and have an anal piercing.

    Rick

  2. These are by far the nastiest and ugliest pictures on the internet. Did you see the guy with the dirty fingernails handling a newly pierced area? Can you say MRSA and other incurable diseases?

  3. Thanks for the info on anal piercing. I had an 8g inserted…….spend more time keeping area clean. All is good and no infection/pain…..this could change. Big change is an altered awareness of my asshole/ass.Thanks again for your website.

    Rick

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